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2/22/04-Smith County

60 Acre Brush Fire Challenges East Texas Firefighters

Firefighters from five East Texas departments struggled Sunday to put out a 60 acre brush fire.

The fire broke out on CR 234 in Eastern Smith County around 4 Sunday afternoon. What started as one fire quickly spread forcing firefighters to split their force.

Back-up crews from Troup, Chapel Hill, Jackson Heights and even the Texas Forestry Service were called in. At one time multiple fires covering more than 60 acres of land were burning.

Firefighters used their trucks to put out what they could and fought the others by hand. The location of fire made getting to much of it tough.

Much of it was located in some dense cut-off with limited roads. Once the plows were able to get to the fire, workers cut a plow line to try and keep the fire from spreading.

Officials believe the fires were started by someone burning brush.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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